Accreditation as a mediator in Australia
The Dispute Resolution Centre offers four short courses which may lead to National Mediator Accreditation and Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner Registration. The short courses may also be completed for continuing professional development or personal development. Legal practitioners may be eligible to apply up to 10 CPD units for completion of each short course. As per the QLS rules, it is up to the practitioner to identify which core area it applies to from their perspective.
The Mediation short courses offered by the DRC meet the threshold training, education and assessment requirements for National Mediator Accreditation as set out in the Approval Standards in the National Mediator Accreditation System. National accreditation may be obtained by:
- Completing the Mediation Short Course
- Completing the Mediator Assessment Course
- Applying to a Registered Mediator Accreditation Body for registration
Note: completion of both courses within nine months is compulsory to meet the National Mediator Accreditation conditions.
The Federal Attorney-General’s Department manages the accreditation of Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners and the DRC’s courses meet the training and competency requirements equivalent to the compulsory units of the Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution. The courses are based on a clinical requirement to complete 50 hours of simulated and supervised FDR practice. After completion of the two DRC Mediation short courses, or registration as a Nationally Accredited Mediator, the requirements for registration as a FDRP can be met by:
- Completion of the Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner Training Course
- 50 hours of supervised FDR practice by:
- Completion of the FDRP Clinical Training Course + 20 hours supervised FDR practice in the Bond FDR Clinic.
- Completion of the FDRP Clinical Training Course + 20 hours approved supervised FDR practice.
- Completion of 50 hours of approved supervised FDR practice.
- Apply to the Attorney-General’s Department for accreditation as a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner.
Completion of these courses does not guarantee work as a mediator or FDR Practitioner.
Note: Participants must organise their own placement for 20 or 50 hours of supervised FDR practice. A Supervisor's report must be provided to Bond University certifying completion of the required number of hours of observed family dispute resolution mediations. A certificate of completion will only be issued on completion of the required hours of FDR supervised practice and approval by the nominated supervisor.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR FDRP Training Courses – Prior to 2017
Please be advised from 1 May 2017 the Bond University Dispute Resolution Centre’s Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner training course will be changing due to the introduction of a new FDRP training package CHC 81115. This means there will be changes not only to course content but also to the required hours of supervised workplace family dispute resolution. The hours of supervised workplace family dispute resolution will be increased from 10 hours to 50 hours.
Participants who completed courses up to December 2016, please note:
- You are responsible for obtaining your ten (10) hours of supervised workplace family dispute resolution practice;
- You must complete the ten (10) hours of supervised workplace family dispute resolution practice and submit your completed supervision forms before 1 May 2017;
- You should not undertake this course unless you are certain that you will be able to complete the ten (10) hours of supervised workplace family dispute resolution practice before 1 May 2017;
- If you are unable to complete the ten (10) hours of supervised workplace family dispute resolution practice by 1 May 2017 you will be required to register for the new training package and complete fifty (50) hours of supervised workplace family dispute resolution;
- Bond University Dispute Resolution Centre is not responsible for obtaining the ten (10) hours of supervised workplace family dispute resolution practice for you.
Otherwise you will be required under the new training package to complete 50 hours of supervised workplace family dispute resolution.